Devils place Dougie Hamilton on IR with broken jaw

New Jersey Devils defenceman Dougie Hamilton, right, celebrates his goal with teammates during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers. (Bill Kostroun/AP)

The New Jersey Devils have placed defenceman Dougie Hamilton on injured reserve with a broken jaw, the team announced Tuesday.

The 28-year-old is set to have surgery on Wednesday.

Hamilton exited Sunday's contest against the Washington Capitals after getting hit by a deflected puck.

In addition, captain Nico Hischier has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Boston Bruins due to a lower-body injury, while goaltender Jonathan Bernier underwent successful surgery on his right hip and will be out for the remainder of the season.

Forwards Yegor Sharangovich and Pavel Zacha have entered COVID-19 protocols and will be unavailable against the Bruins.

The Devils (13-15-5) currently sit in seventh place in the Metropolitan Division.

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